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State students bring home first-place national radio award

November 14, 2016

Three State students took first place at the 2016 College Media Association Pinnacle Awards for radio production work at student-staffed radio station, WZIS-FM 90.7. Two others placed third for their contributions.

"WZIS has attracted some of the university’s most ambitious students,” said Richard Green, FM radio station manager. “At the station, we provide these students with a creative outlet to express themselves in a way that benefits them professionally. In my opinion, the result of this experience has been production of excellent work and these rewards solidify this.” 

Matthew White of Indianapolis, a senior majoring in communication, A.J. Patiag of Indianapolis, a recent graduate of Indiana State, and Araceli Juarez of South Bend, a senior majoring in automation and control engineering Technology, won first place in the Best Radio Public Service Announcement category for a PSA created to increase awareness about the importance of freedom of speech and self-expression.

“I could only look to the sky and smile with excitement because that moment proved to me that what I have to offer as an individual in my field can take me even further in life,” said Matthew White. “I felt honored that I was asked to be a part of something so significant.”

Christopher Adkins of Indianapolis, a junior majoring in communication, and Kylie Adkins of Indianapolis, a senior majoring in English and languages literature and linguistics, won third place in the Best Talk Radio Program category for “Shut-Ins” talk-radio show.

“There's a feeling you get when you put together a project that's not for a grade,” said Chris Adkins. “You pour your heart and soul into it for no other reason than you want it to be good… And, that's how you know you've found what you love to do.”

The College Media Association Pinnacle Awards honor the best college media organizations and individual work. This year, the contest received more than 2,800 individual entries in 12 categories from hundreds of colleges and universities. Winners were announced on during the 2016 Fall National College Media Convention. 

Photos are available upon request.

The radio PSA is available online by clicking here.

A clip of the talk show is available online by clicking here.

About WZIS-FM 90.7

WZIS-FM broadcasts from the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute. The station operates as a part of ISU Student Media and primarily to present programming that is consistent with the educational and cultural mission of Indiana State. The station provides a laboratory for students interested in broadcasting and other fields related to programming.

For more information contact: Rachel Eckerle, ISU Student Media, 812-237-3690